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  • j
    j - 1984 BMW 318i - Engine - 12/1/2014
    On my 318i the green wire and clip crumbled off of the distributor, what is that wire and where does it go?
    The 318i will not starte, it will turn over but just isn't getting a spark. It isn't the idiot light, the coil is new and the distributor is new too. I want to just replace that green wire that is connected to the distributor before buying a whole new one. This is ...
     
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  • j
    j - 1984 BMW 318i - Engine - 12/1/2014
    On my 318i the green wire and clip crumbled off of the distributor, what is that wire and where does it go?
    The 318i will not starte, it will turn over but just isn't getting a spark. It isn't the idiot light, the coil is new and the distributor is new too. I want to just replace that green wire that is connected to the distributor before buying a whole new one. This is ...
     
    0 answer
  • j
    j - 1984 BMW 318i - Engine - 12/1/2014
    On my 318i the green wire and clip crumbled off of the distributor, what is that wire and where does it go?
    The 318i will not starte, it will turn over but just isn't getting a spark. It isn't the idiot light, the coil is new and the distributor is new too. I want to just replace that green wire that is connected to the distributor before buying a whole new one. This is a ...
     
    0 answer
  • j
    j - 1984 BMW 318i - Engine - 12/1/2014
    On my 318i the green wire and clip crumbled off of the distributor, what is that wire and where does it go?
    The 318i will not starte, it will turn over but just isn't getting a spark. It isn't the idiot light, the coil is new and the distributor is new too. I want to just replace that green wire that is connected to the distributor before buying a whole new one. This is a ...
     
    0 answer
  • Mary
    Mary - 1997 BMW 528i - Engine - 11/13/2014
    Where is the ignition, and/or fuel, cutoff switch located?
    Our car won't start, "turn over". It " cranks", & seems to be getting fuel. The problem began after the car over heated, and shut down itself on the side of the road, returning from a hundred mile trip. The overheating was initially the result of a blown radiator ...
     
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  • radar
    radar - 2000 BMW 528i - Engine - 10/19/2014
    Where can I get a diagram for the placement of the alternator belt in my car?
    Idiot light indicates that the alternator is bad or I need to replace the V-belt. Where is it?
     
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  • sam
    sam - 2005 BMW X5 - Engine - 10/12/2014
    My 2005 bmw x5 3.0 not starting which one you think it is alternator, starter or battery??
    i have a 2005 bmw x5 3.0, in the morning i drove about 2 miles. after a little while I started the car but wasnt even a cranking sound, then i jump start it and drove about a mile to get home. i stop the car, in morning i try to start again, in the first turn ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/12/2014 Jimm
      Yes, either the battery, alternator, starter - or the related wiring. Seriously though, take the vehicle to the nearest local auto parts store for a free battery and charging system test.

      Post a reply with test results for further assistance.
  • Njayp6512
    Njayp6512 - 1998 BMW 328i - Engine - 10/9/2014
    Over heating can't figure out why
    About a week ago I had the coolent tank on my bmw crack and drain all of the fluid out of my radiator. When I removed the coolant tank I noticed there was a lot of broken pieces inside. When the new one came in I installed it tried to fill it with antifreeze and ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/9/2014 Jimm
      Be sure the completely flush the cooling system - especially the radiator, as there maybe small pieces of the plastic cooling tank lodged inside on the cooling tubes.
  • Njayp6512
    Njayp6512 - 1998 BMW 328i - Engine - 10/9/2014
    Over heating can't figure out why
    About a week ago I had the coolent tank on my bmw crack and drain all of the fluid out of my radiator. When I removed the coolant tank I noticed there was a lot of broken pieces inside. When the new one came in I installed it tried to fill it with antifreeze and ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/9/2014 Jimm
      Be sure the completely flush the cooling system - especially the radiator, as there maybe small pieces of the plastic cooling tank lodged inside on the cooling tubes.
  • Njayp6512
    Njayp6512 - 1998 BMW 328i - Engine - 10/9/2014
    Over heating can't figure out why
    About a week ago I had the coolent tank on my bmw crack and drain all of the fluid out of my radiator. When I removed the coolant tank I noticed there was a lot of broken pieces inside. When the new one came in I installed it tried to fill it with antifreeze and ...
     
    • alex
      10/9/2014 alex
      there is a bleed screw close to your rad cap takes a philips screw driver remove the plug fill with antifreeze slowly until it comes out the hole. reinstall bleed screw and rad cap.then run it till it is hot about 15 minuits crack the bleed screw untill air stops coming out also it is important to have the heater running on high the hole time.
  • cbos6784
    cbos6784 - 1989 BMW 325i - Engine - 10/8/2014
    Cranks but won't fire
    greetings , My 1989 BMW 325i straight 6 cyl 2.5L has been a paperweight for 51 days . Cranks (I can see flywheel ) ,gets fuel to fuelrail, won't fire . Changed fuel pump, main and fuel pump relays ,distributor cap , rotor , and crank shaft position sensor ...
     
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  • B schwartz
    B schwartz - 2011 BMW X5 - Engine - 9/27/2014
    Water in fuel injectors
    Hi, I'm new to this forum and have a BMW X5 with close to 47000 miles. I usually only drive it about 125 miles a week. Anyway, I was driving it last week and a message came up stating, "ENGINE MALFUNCTION REDUCED POWER," followed by a message "Chasis stabilization ...
     
    • Jimm
      9/27/2014 Jimm
      The 'Chassis Stabilization Malfunction" code has nothing to do with the fuel injectors. Possibly a software glitch - typically,the dealership needs to reprogram and update the software.

      The first piece of info that would be helpful is the actual error codes that are in the DSC module. Can be anything from the transfer case motor to the stabilizer sensor on your swaybar to the steering angle sensor (which is very common).

      If the ECU detects anything out of parameters it goes into limp mode to keep the engine from doing damage to itself. Not that that helps, but it could be something big, or practically nothing. Between now and the time you get a call back from the dealership you might be able to go to local auto parts store; Auto Zone, Advance Auto,NAPA, etc, and have them read the codes.
  • B schwartz
    B schwartz - 2011 BMW X5 - Engine - 9/23/2014
    Water in fuel injectors
    Hi, I'm new to this forum and have a BMW X5 with close to 47000 miles. I usually only drive it about 125 miles a week. Anyway, I was driving it last week and a message came up stating, "ENGINE MALFUNCTION REDUCED POWER," followed by a message "Chasis stabilization ...
     
    0 answer